Painting Fergie’s Portrait

Fergie is a Goldendoodle.

If there is a cuter new “doodle” breed, I can’t imagine it.

She is the fortunate 1st ‘child’ of my beloved cousin, who dotes on her every wiggle and bark.

Now that she has come of age,  I was commissioned to paint her official portrait.


Fergie and her family visited while the leaves were still falling in October.

After exploring the woods thoroughly, she chose this scene for her backdrop.


And I caught her sitting still, however briefly, in the driveway.


To begin this portrait I painted the background landscape before adding the main figure. I am working in gouache and trying to stay loose. A lot gets covered up by the figure, but it still seems to make the whole more cohesive.


To add the figure of Fergie I did a careful pencil drawing and used simple graphite transfer to position her in the scene.



Once Fergie was in place I added lots of shadowing to push the landscape behind her and leaves in the foreground to anchor her on the ground.


I paid the most attention to her face, trying to capture the sweetness and life-not to mention her glorious curls!




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